This Week in Sleep Medicine: May 29, 2017
While You Were Sleeping: What Sleep Technologists Need to Know This Week
Your media watchdog for headlines and trends
relevant to sleep technology and patient education.
Wishing you all a relaxing and rejuvenating Memorial Day weekend
and remembering all of those, both military and civilian,
who have sacrificed their lives for our country.
"10 Facts You Might Not Know About Sleep and Mental Health"
May 23, 2017
Takeaway: If our society as a whole truly wants to understand mental illness and find objective ways to identify it, treat it, and remove its stigma, it may be through advances in research regarding sleep health.
"22 Facilities Accredited So Far Via AASM’s New Expedited Accreditation Program"
May 15, 2017
From the website: “The expedited accreditation program recently introduced by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) has generated a surge in accreditation applications and is successfully helping sleep facilities comply with recent changes to Medicare coverage policies for sleep studies.”
Takeaway: We should expect more changes in the months ahead as further regulations arise as the result of federal healthcare revisions.
"Insomnia and sleep apnea rates are high and rising in the U.S. military"
May 15, 2017
From the article: “Insomnia cases have quadrupled, and sleep apnea cases have increased five-fold in the U.S. military over a decade, according to a recent study.”
Takeaway: This Memorial Day weekend, let's try to remember not only those who have lost their lives in the act of service to our country, but also those who may have survived but are suffering daily (and nightly) from service-related activities.
From the website: “Involving over 10 years of development, SleepScore’s technology is the first step towards the company’s vision of revolutionizing the world of sleep science by setting a new standard for both clinical and consumer monitoring, analysis, and management of sleep. Medgadget had a chance to both test out the S+ technology and speak with Colin Lawlor, CEO of SleepScore Labs."
Takeaway: Reads a tad bit like an evangelistic press release disguised as an interview, but some enormous insights into the changes our industry is facing in the world of sleep technology.
"Medical marijuana laws reduce prescription drug use, could save Medicaid $1 billion"
HEALTH AFFAIRS via HEALIO
April 27, 2017
From the website: “The researchers estimated that if all states had had a medical marijuana law in 2014, the estimated total savings for fee-for-service Medicaid could have topped $1 billion.”
Takeaway: Regardless one's position on the use of marijuana for medical purposes, statistics like this certainly warrant the need for more research on cannabinoids as medicinal compounds to prove out the efficacy of medical marijuana as a bona fide pharmaceutical.
HEALTH LITERACY WATCH
"Weekly Digest #60: Tools for Better Science Communication"
May 22, 2017
From the digest: “Those of you who've been reading our blog for a while know that we care deeply about science communication. We have tried a lot of different methods, ranging from social media (Twitter, Facebook, and more); videos; and posters strategically designed by a visualization expert and translated into different languages; to oral presentations and workshops. We’ve previously gathered resources on science Twitter, tips for how to blog about education and how to avoid alternative acts, and our own take on talking to teachers and students and communicating science more generally. In this digest, we thought we would bring together some tools for science communication that should be useful to scientists in many different fields who want to talk publicly about their work.”
Takeaway: This is a great website in general for anyone who wants to master patient education and the fine art of quality healthcare communication.
"Corporate Whistleblower Center Urges Employees of Sleep Therapy Clinics to Call Them about Rewards if Their Employer is Involved in Physician Kickbacks or Medicare Overbilling"
CORPORATE WHISTLEBLOWER CENTER via PR NEWSWIRE
May 10, 2017
From the press release: "We are urging medical doctors or employees of sleep therapy clinics to call us anytime at 866-714-6466 if they possess proof a sleep therapy clinic is involved in a substantial scheme to overbill Medicare. We are just as interested in hearing from an employee of a medical equipment company if their employer is involved in a kickback scheme to provide medical practice groups with extra generous incentives to use, or overuse their medical products or equipment. Both of these types of scenarios can produce significant whistleblower rewards, as we would like to discuss anytime."
Takeaway: Fraudulent labs and corroborators reduce the legitimacy of sleep technology in the eyes of both the industry and the mainstream population.
NOTE: TheWhile You Were Sleeping columnist will take next Monday off in order to be fully present at the SLEEP meeting in Boston. Tamara hopes to see you there and meet you in person!
BIO: Tamara Sellman RPSGT, CCSH curates the sleep health information clearinghouse, SleepyHeadCENTRAL, where she follows sleep health news headlines daily. She is also Web Consultant for the American Sleep Apnea Association, writes MS-related columns for two medical publishers, and contributes as a freelance writer to AAST’s magazine, A2Zzz, and other places.
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